Adelaide United have signed Australian midfielder James Holland to a two-year deal.
Holland recently parted ways with German club MSV Duisburg after it was relegated to 3. Liga (Germany’s third division).
He joins the Reds after an eight-year stint in Europe and is contracted to remain in Adelaide until the end of the 2017/18 season.
The Socceroo has made 15 appearances to-date for the Australian national team.
He was part of the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad alongside new teammate Eugene Galekovic.
The 27-year-old made his professional debut for the Newcastle Jets in 2007 and was integral in the Jets’ 2008 Championship-winning squad.
“It feels really good to have signed with Adelaide United,” Holland said.
“It’s been a little bit of a long break since last season for me, but it’s great to finally put pen to paper with the reigning Champions of the A-League.
“Now that I’m part of this team, I’m here to win, and I want to be successful at the Club.”
Head Coach Guillermo Amor spoke highly of the Australian midfielder and said Holland’s European experience would greatly benefit the Reds in the 2016/17 season.
“We are so happy to have been able to sign James and to bring him back to Australia,” Amor said. “He has spent many years overseas and moved his football there when he was very young.
“Now James is 27 and is at a strong age and he has a lot of experience in football that he can bring to our team and help educate our players.
“He has played for the Socceroos and for big teams in Europe too, and I’m sure he will be a big player for us this season.”